Oct. 14, 2010
ATLANTA – Golf and football meet at Georgia Tech Saturday when the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy makes a guest appearance at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field for a halftime presentation of Atlantic Coast Conference championship rings to the Georgia Tech golf team during the Yellow Jackets’ football game against Middle Tennessee State.
Georgia Tech All-American and 2010 Ryder Cup team member Matt Kuchar and Tech director of athletics Dan Radakovich will present the championship rings to the team members. PGA Championship officials will also participate.
The Wanamaker Trophy is visiting the campus Saturday to help promote the 93rd PGA Championship, which is being held Aug. 8-14, 2011, at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Leading up to the halftime presentation, the historic trophy will be on display throughout the stadium for fans to see.
It will be in the museum of the Arthur B. Edge Intercollegiate Athletics Center from 1:30 p.m. until kickoff, when it will be on display in the club lounge of Bobby Dodd Stadium. It will then make an appearance on the field at halftime when the 2010 Yellow Jackets are honored for winning the 12th ACC golf championship in the school’s history.
Next August, 156 of the world’s best golfers will return to the Atlanta Athletic Club (2001, 1981) to compete for the Wanamaker Trophy and title of 93rd PGA Champion. Georgia Tech, the PGA Championship and the Atlanta Athletic Club share a strong past. The Atlanta Athletic Club was the home club of famous Georgia Tech alums including Bobby Jones and John Heisman.
“We are delighted to partner with the PGA of America and Atlanta Athletic Club is supporting the 2011 PGA Championship,” said Radakovich. “This is a wonderful event for our city and it will touch thousands of Georgia Tech alumni and fans. Georgia Tech’s success on the collegiate golf scene has produced some of the top professional golfers in the world. We are anxious to cheer on our graduates and friends as one of golf’s major tournaments returns to Atlanta next summer.”
Kuchar, No. 1 on the PGA Tour earnings list this year and a member of the United States team in the Ryder Cup, will be in the stadium Saturday not only to help present the championship rings to the 2010 Tech team, but also to be recognized as part of the 2010 class of the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
Members of the 2010 ACC Champion Yellow Jackets include head coach Bruce Heppler, who has coached seven of the 12 Tech teams that have won the conference title, assistant coach Christian Newton, Bo Andrews, John-Tyler Griffin, Chesson Hadley, Paul Haley, William Miller, Seth Reeves, Kyle Scott, Minghao Wang, Richard Werenski and James White.